Observe! Imitate? Be yourself!

Workshop in THEORY and PRACTICE ARTISTIC RESEARCH

Prague, June 23, 2015

In cooperation with Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University, Sweden, Institute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

”People will observe you, in order to investigate how well you have observed” Bertolt Brecht
“Generality is the enemy of all art.” Constantin S. Stanislavski

What is the role of observing and imitation (mimesis) in the actor’s work, and how does this relate to the artist’s individual experience and self-expression? What is the role of imitation and quotation in theoretical reflection, and how does this relate to one’s own experience and originality? Shall we conceive of imitation as a sign of “non-authenticity”, of a blind belief, or is it an unavoidable and even generative aspect of human action? Can artists and theoreticians open a space of interaction over these questions? Can artists benefit from verbalizing their experience? Can theoreticians benefit from corporeal exercises?workshop

The program will combine practical exercises – on the bodily, gestural, discursive, and mental level – as well as thorough discussion and verbalization of theoretical implications of the practical work.

Participants: The number of participants is limited to 15. Theoretically as well as practically based participants are welcome. No special skills or knowledge are required. In case of your interest please contact us at the email address: kent.sjostrom@thm.lu.se and alicekoubova@seznam.cz before Mai 30. The workshop is free of charge thanks to the support of organizing institutions.

Organizers: The workshop is held in English by
Kent Sjöström (Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University, Sweden), PhD in Fine Arts in Theater, Head of Research, Head of Theory and Practice Department, movement instructor. Area of focus: reflective practice in acting and arts, methodology in artistic research, enaction and movement.
Alice Koubová (Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), PhD in philosophy, senior researcher, leader of the project “Philosophy in Experiment”. Area of focus: performance philosophy, theory of self-identity, empathy, phenomenology, bodily experience. Practitioner in ludic theater.

Venue: Studia ALTA. U Výstaviště 21, Prague 7, 170 00

For foreign participants:  as the Prague Quadrennial (http://www.pq.cz/en) takes place in Prague in June, 18 – 28, participation at the workshop can be combined with the exceptionally rich artistic program of this international event.